Trade Union Movement

Victims of the neoliberal order

Print edition : September 01, 2017

June 1948.: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru speaking to some of the workers at the Cordite Factory at Aravankadu, Tamil Nadu. Photo: The Hindu Archives

An armed guard perched atop a freight train as it pulls out of New Delhi on the third day of the railways strike of 1974. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Migrant workers sweating it out at a construction site in Kochi in July. Despite putting in longer hours, they are paid paid much less than their counterparts from Kerala affiliated to trade unions. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Maruti Suzuki’s temporary workers protesting at the company’s Manesar plant near Gurgaon in September 2005. Photo: PTI

Riot police and workers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India clashed in Gurgaon in July 2005 as hundreds of workers came out on the streets seeking higher wages and re-employment of suspended employees. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

A national convention of 10 central trade unions at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on August 8. Their 12-point charter of demands included one for a pension of Rs.3,000 for the entire working population. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Trade unions across the board, even those ideologically affiliated to the ruling party, today know that supporting anti-worker policies is untenable for their own survival. If ever there has been a moment for greater trade union relevance, this is it.
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